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Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Joerg, Dec 29, 2012.

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  1. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Just tried to repair our Rio EX1000 which is a tiny 120W stereo,
    bookshelf size. It has some firmware flaws, one of which is that the
    cassette player capstan motor comes on (and stays on!) after a power
    outage. So now it wore out and screeches :-(

    Lubed it all, worked for an hours and then ... screeeeeech. It's sad to
    throw the whole thing out but my wife doesn't really like a smattering
    of pieces for a stereo, should be all in one. Even Amazon has hardly any
    stereos left that have cassette players. Since we have many cassette
    we'd really like to keep this "dinosaur" feature.

    Is there any manufacturer that still makes "living room suitable"
    compact stereos with cassettes players?
  2. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Yeah, I know, we got a good deal on it probably because SonicBlue went
    belly-up. It's otherwise a really good stereo.

    Sometimes we get cassettes from others to listen to, or have to check a
    recording. That would make it a pain.
  3. Have you considered just tranferring the cassettes to digital?

    MP3s are more than good enough for cassettes, and there are lots of
    compact stereos that play MP3s, from whatever source (optical disk,
    USB key, over your LAN).

    Best regards,
    Spehro Pefhany
  4. mike

    mike Guest
  5. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Sure, we could copy a lot onto CDs. But sometimes we have to check
    worship tapes and things like that. Other times we'd like to listen to
    one of those in its entirety, and having to first port to CD every time
    is quite a hassle.

    I am quite surprised that the cassette function has disappeared this
    fast. When we bought the stereo some years ago there were still plenty
    of similar ones with cassette player.
  6. How many do you have? If you just do one a day, I bet it won't take
    long to get the lot transferred, then you can discard the media and
    get instant access. There are also services such as this one:

    50 cassettes for $300, not too bad, but they won't transfer commercial
    tapes. They may have a deal for churches.
    The very last factory car cassette deck disappeared with the 2010
    model year- most were gone >10 years ago. CDs are going to be next to
    go. Most compact stereos are more concerned with iPod docks, USB
    connectors and such like. My musically inclined friends are still
    having "CD release" parties, but most of the distribution is pure
    digital via iTunes and Amazon.

    Best regards,
    Spehro Pefhany
  7. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

  8. Nico Coesel

    Nico Coesel Guest

    I guess you're up for a good old cassette deck :) I have a brand new
    one on the shelve. When my old Akai finally died I bought a new one. I
    never really used it because someone invented MP3 so all of the sudden
    it was possible to download all the music I had on tape & vinyl from

  9. Sort of a no name brand

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    Looks like the last of the cassette tape.

  10. I don't have one, (so this is especulation,) but I would expect those
    "Cassette to MP3" converters already mentioned to consist of the
    cassette mechanics and basic electonics, plus an analog to
    digital-USB-audio converter with the actual digital-audio to MP3
    conversion done by software in a PC.
    In other words, it may possible to use them as a plain cassette player
    together with a low-end (read: physically small) computer hidden
    between the rest of the audio setup.
    Failing that, the conversion software may have a "preview"
    ("prelisten"?) function.
    Failing that, I expect cassette boomboxes to be available for a while
    from family, friends and eBay.

    [My 20 years old Aiwa not-so-compact system still plays cassettess
    with no problems]
  11. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Another big box is what SWMBO absolutely positively does not want.
  12. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    I was thinking about a tad higher quality :)

    Yeah, one can get some karaoke type box overseas, a friend pointed one
    out in Ireland. I guess I'll hit the thrift stores then ...
  13. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    I guess that's the avenue I'll take. Didn't want to but have to.

  14. I still use a stack for my home entertainment.

    No cassette deck or turntable for a long time though.

    My cassette deck wasn't a Nachamichi Dragon (considered to have been
    the best), but it was up there on the list.

    I have a BIC dual speed, in mint condition. The push for about $350 on
    Ebay, but they only get about half that. Some do not get much at all.

    The Dragons, however, are still medium to high demand devices.
  15. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Oh, I also like the classical stack of tuner, CD, cassette deck,
    amplifier and so on. But I am married, so ... :)

  16. Nico Coesel

    Nico Coesel Guest

  17. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    That might work, at least as a kludge. Cumbersome to check tapes that
    way though. Sometimes all we need to do is see if the eulogies and the
    sermon on a tape is of sufficient quality to give it to members of the
    grieving families that were unable to attend. But if the device can also
    just play the tape then it's ok.
  18. Mark Zenier

    Mark Zenier Guest

    Might be easier to replace the motor. If you don't want to do it yourself,
    some of the pro regulars are in California.

    Mark Zenier
    Googleproofaddress(account:mzenier provider:eskimo domain:com)
  19. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    That's an idea, but where would one get a motor for a system where the
    mfg has croaked almost a decade ago? Probably would need new belts then
    as well.
  20. Mark Zenier

    Mark Zenier Guest

    Only 10 years old? The deck was probably by an OEM. The same drive
    probably was used in other singles or boomboxes. You might try MCM,
    Newark's sibling distributor for the repair trade.

    I still use cassettes to record radio programs, which results in a
    hobby of repairing cheap chinese walkman players and shoebox recorders.
    They all have the same guts (a lot of them are built in the same factory
    or at least the same town). They all use variants of the same Japanese
    company's single chip design, use the same motor, and drive mechanics.

    Mark Zenier
    Googleproofaddress(account:mzenier provider:eskimo domain:com)
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